Archives—December 2012

Allison Hein Nominated for Staff Award 2012

Allison HeinThe Making a Difference Award Reception is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 2 to 4 pm in Ballroom A of the Memorial Union Building. The award presentation and the announcement of the recipients will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m.

President Glenn Mroz and Staff Council encourage the campus community to attend the ceremony to show your support for the nominees.

Award recipients in each of the following categories will be announced at the reception: Rookie Award, Unsung Hero, Serving Others, Bringing Out the Best, Outstanding Supervisor, Innovative Solutions and Creating Community Connections.

Research Engineer and Scientist I Allison Hein is one of the nominees.

Read more at Tech Today.

Electron Microscopy Scientist

We are looking to fill a position as an Electron Microscopy scientist, to be hired via the Jacobs Engineering contract that provides scientific and technical support to the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate here at NASA Johnson Space Center. Please share with anyone qualified and interested. The full position announcement is at:

Here is a shortened version of the listing:
The Electron Microscopy Scientist will:
* Maintain and operate two Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM), a JEOL 5910LV and a JEOL 7600F. (

Coordinate all vendor service for the instruments.
* Train and assist researchers and students in the use of the instruments.
* Support peer-review research through high-quality analyses of astromaterials with the instruments.
* Additional responsibilities may include development of new analytical techniques.
* Perform other duties as required.
Required Education/Experience/Skills:
* A BS degree from an accredited university in an applicable geoscience discipline.

Experience in operating an SEM instrument.
* Solid understanding of the theory and practice of electron microscopy analysis and data reduction.
* Graduate degree(s) with experience in the field.

Knowledge of geological and planetary mineralogy is a plus.
* Ability to interpret analyses in a geologically meaningful way.
* Experience with a Focused Ion Beam (FIB) instrument and/or an electron microprobe is a plus.
* Experience working effectively in interdisciplinary teams.
* Demonstrated positive oral and written skills.
* Good computer skills.

Dave Draper

David S. Draper, Ph.D. /
Manager, Astromaterials Research Office
Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate
NASA Johnson Space Center, Mail Code KR111
2101 NASA Parkway, Houston TX 77058

Thai Network for MSE

Thai Students
Thai Students

It’s Nothing Like Home, but You’ll Like It Here: Recruiting International Students

“Prince Chackartnarodom, a 2003 materials science and engineering alumnus, teaches engineering at Kasetsart University, and he is spreading the word about Michigan Tech,” Smith says. “It really helps to have someone there to guide students into our programs. Prince is fluent in English, so he is one of our translators at events over there too.”

Sanchai Kuboon, president of Tech’s Thai Student Association and a graduate student in materials science and engineering, talks with students in Thailand about his experiences on campus.

“I tell them Michigan Tech is a really good and warm place,” he says. “It’s got a lot of international students from other countries, which makes you feel good.”

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Dennis Walikainen.

Pearce on Open-Source Designs and 3-D Printing

Joshua Pearce
Joshua Pearce

A paradigm shift
Open-source designs, 3-D printing can outfit labs at a fraction of the cost
According to Joshua Pearce, the revolution will be digitized and printed.

Pearce, an associate professor at Michigan Technological University, has combined microcontrollers, 3-D printers and open-source software to save tens of thousands of dollars in outfitting his research laboratory. Lower costs could allow every college, university and high school to give students access to research tools and projects they used to dream about.

Read more at Industrial Engineer – Engineering and Management Solutions at Work by the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

HS-STEM Summer Internship Program 2013

HS-STEM Summer Internship Program
2013 Summer Internship Information

Undergraduate students: $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses
Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological/life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences

Graduate students: $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses
Areas of research: Nuclear engineering, physics, mathematics, statistics, computer sciences, systems engineering, electrical engineering, and material science

10-week research experiences offered at:
National laboratories: Argonne, Idaho, Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, Sandia, Savannah River

Other Research facilities: Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Coast Guard Research and?? Development Center, Plum Island, and more!

U.S. citizenship required
Application deadline: January 15, 2013

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
P.O. Box 117, MS-36
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117

Questions regarding can be sent via e-mail to

Megan Kreiger Presents in Boston

MRS Fall 2012Graduate student Megan Kreiger (MSE) presented two papers in Boston: “Environmental Impacts of Distributed Manufacturing from 3-D Printing of polymer components and products” and “Distributed recycling of post-consumer plastic waste in rural areas,” with coauthors Joshua M. Pearce (MSE/ECE), Jerry Anzalone (CEE) and undergraduate students Meredith Mulder (MSE) and Allie Glover (MSE) at the Materials Research Society Conference.

From Tech Today.